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5:30 AM ET, December 22, 2011

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Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Robinson exit to cost New York Times over $15 million  —  (Reuters) - Janet Robinson, who will step down as chief executive of the New York Times Co on December 31, will receive an exit package in excess of $15 million, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Trevor Butterworth / The Daily:
Choosing how to consume media requires critical intelligence  —  At a recent dinner party, conversation turned abruptly to crime — and the alarming claim by one guest that rape was skyrocketing in New York City's parks.  This drew a pause from the rest of the table, not so much to dwell …
Carrie Brown-Smith / Nieman Journalism Lab:
From local TV to journalism co-ops, 2012 may be a banner year for the local news ecosystem.
Discussion: Street Fight
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Five things I would do as CEO of the New York Times
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Gail Shister / The Philly Post:
Inky Reporter Nancy Phillips Talks About the Bill Conlin Investigation  —  “It wasn't that complicated.  I wouldn't put this among my top accomplishments as a reporter,” she says  —  Inquirer investigative ace Nancy Phillips has been deluged with emails, voicemails, tweets …
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Nancy Phillips / Philly.com:
Another woman comes forward over abuse by Bill Conlin
Discussion: Philly.com
Will Bunch / Boston Herald:
Philly papers share outrage over Bill Conlin case
Discussion: NY Daily News
NPR:
WikiLeaks Military Hearing Faces Closing Arguments  —  FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — Lawyers for the Army intelligence analyst blamed for the biggest national security leak in American history rested their case Wednesday, with closing arguments ahead before Pfc. Bradley Manning learns whether he will face a court-martial.
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Larry Shaughnessy / CNN:   Bradley Manning defenses calls only 2 witnesses
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Boehner's office cuts off C-SPAN cameras as GOP takes verbal beating  —  A strange thing happened Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill.  —  As Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to call for a vote to extend a payroll tax cut to middle class and working Americans, his Republican colleagues adjourned …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Piers Morgan's phone was hacked, says ex-Mirror journalist  —  James Hipwell, who was fired over City Slickers scandal, claims colleague hacked into the then editor's phone  —  James Hipwell, the former Daily Mirror journalist, has told the Leveson inquiry he witnessed …
Discussion: Mixed Media
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The Huffington Post - UK:   Heather Mills: ‘I Never Played Piers Morgan Voicemail Tapes’
Julie Moos / Poynter:
PEJ: Economy is the most-covered story of the year  —  In its annual “Year in News” release, PEJ says the economy was 2011′s big story, with 20 percent of news time and space dedicated to it in print, online, TV news and radio.  That's up from 14 percent in 2010.
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain Got Most Press Coverage Of GOP Contenders, Pew's 2011 Media Study Shows  —  NEW YORK — He's no longer running for president, but Herman Cain will finish 2011 having racked up more national media coverage than any other Republican candidate, according to a report released Wednesday …
Discussion: Journalism.org
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘The New York Observer,’ in a bid to go national, will expand its editorial department  —  The New York Observer is gearing up to go national.  —  The 25-year-old weekly newspaper is considering spinning off a nationally focused website, and will increase the size of the full-time editorial staff …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
David Brauer / MinnPost:
Is ex-reporter Christine Clayburg paying TV journalists to help clients tell their good news stories?  —  In October, MinnPost ran a John Reinan column headlined, “Former TV reporter Christine Clayburg tells news of corporate clients.”  —  “As traditional media wither and new communication channels …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
AOL's Activist Investors Say Armstrong's Content Play Isn't Working  —  Starboard Value LP, who's 4.5 percent stake in AOL makes it one of the company's largest shareholders, is taking aim at Tim Armstrong and his attempt to reinvent AOL as a media powerhouse.
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NYPD describes training program for officers in the First Amendment rights of press at protests  —  The New York Police Department has “stepped up” its media training in the past month since news outlets complained of “abuses” by officers assigned to the scenes of protests, according to a department press officer.
Jakob Schiller / Raw File:
CNN's iReport Produces Controversy, Llama Photos  —  CNN recently laid off at least 50 staff, including several photojournalists, in favor of affiliate contributions and iReport — CNN's user-generated content department which does not pay users for their submissions.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Kindle for iOS update brings magazines, newspapers, textbooks to iPad  —  Amazon has just pushed a new revision of its Kindle app to the iTunes App Store, and iPad owners will definitely want to hit that update button.  That's because they now have access to the same full-color magazines …
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Lauren Indvik / Mashable:
Kindle Adds Periodicals to iOS Apps: But Will Consumers Read Them?
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
Phone-Hacking Inquiry Eyes Science Journalism  —  Nature calls on scientists to “fight agenda-driving reporting”  —  “There is now a small army of nerd bloggers who, whenever they come across a misleading story, will stand up and point out the flaws,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Nicholas Carr / Nieman Journalism Lab:
2012 will bring the appification of media  —  Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2011 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring.  —  To kick things off, it's Nicholas Carr, the veteran technology writer, whose most recent book — The Shallows …
Discussion: The Vook Blog and Editors Weblog
Fox Sports:
Report: NBC reporter charged with DUI  —  NBC News correspondent Jay Gray charged with drunken driving after he attended a party at the house of the attorney for accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, TMZ reported Tuesday.  —  According to the report, Gray was pulled over after drinking …
Discussion: TVSpy, TMZ.com and The Hollywood Gossip
Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
What Is Good Fact-Checking?  —  Amid Politifact's “lie of the year” controversy, a shout-out to what it takes to get to the facts of the matter.  —  Editor's note: The controversy over Politifact's seemingly not-so-politics-free-fact-checking (vol. 1 and vol. 2) and subsequent commentary …
Discussion: Attackerman and Mother Jones
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Politi-f**ked: Why Politifact's ‘Lie Of The Year’ Is Not Just Wrong, It's Irresponsible  —  Since announcing “Republicans voted to end Medicare” as its “Lie Of The Year” yesterday, Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check outfit Politifact.com has faced more blowback than a chronic spitter on a Ducati.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Al Jazeera English wins first duPont as 14 news orgs awarded with broadcast, digital honors  —  Al Jazeera English has won its first Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, one of 14 the Columbia School of Journalism announced this morning …
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
The New York Times Honored with First Ever Digital Reporting duPont Award
 
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